The Illinois Senate passed a measure that is designed to shed more light on fracking.

The bill would close loopholes in the state's regulation and provide the public with information about well locations and chemicals to be used in the fracking process.

Two Illinois lawmakers are calling for changes in fracking practices in Illinois.

Representatives Scott Drury and Will Guzzardi are sponsoring legislation that would either make fracking laws more transparent or banning the practice altogether.

Princeton University

A new study from Princeton University finds pregnant women who live next to fracked gas well sites are more likely to have babies born at low birth weights, which can be a strong indicator of later health problems.

Environmental groups in Illinois are renewing their push to stop fracking in Illinois before it starts. 

In November, a Kansas-based company withdrew its permit to drill for oil and gas in southeastern Illinois. It was the first permit for large-scale fracking Illinois issued since a 2014 law went into effect. 

The company planning to conduct a hydraulic fracturing operation in White County has decided to withdraw its application.

High volume fracking has come to Illinois, and environmental groups are gearing up for a battle.

Sierra Club

A controversial drilling operation in White County has gotten the go-ahead from the state, but opponents say they're not done with their fight.

Food & Water Watch

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing in White County about an application for a hydraulic fracturing operation.

Kansas-based Woolsey Operating Company is seeking a permit to drill a mile-deep well in White County, near Enfield.

Fracking Application Delayed

Jun 26, 2017

An measurement error, submitted by the company interested in obtaining a fracking permit for a site in White  County, has caused a setback for the company. 

Fracking Permit Sought in White County

Jun 15, 2017

The first application to obtain a permit for High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing since the Illinois General Assembly approved the work in 2013 is now under review. .
Woolsey Operating Company, LLC wants to use the permit in White County.


The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU-Carbondale says more people are now opposed to hydraulic fracturing than they were just two years ago.

Study Finds Hydraulic Fracking Could Keep Visitors From Kentucky Parks

Sep 14, 2015

A new study found that hydraulic facturing, or “fracking,” in or near public parks could cause tourists to stay away. 

The survey included 255 park users in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia. Thirty-three were from Kentucky.  

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An Illinois appeals court has upheld the state's rules for the high-volume oil and gas drilling technique known as fracking. The appellate court sided with a Madison County judge who rejected an environmental group's legal challenge.

Simon Poll: Fracking Still a Concern Among Voters

Mar 31, 2015

A new study from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows that almost half of Illinois voters are opposed to fracking.

Fracking is off to a feeble start in Illinois as slumping oil prices and the rigors of Illinois' new regulations have energy interests waiting on the sidelines.

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Two months since Illinois enacted rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling, no company has applied for a state permit to put hydraulic fracturing to use.

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A landowners group is appealing a southwestern Illinois judge's refusal to suspend the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling.

A southwestern Illinois judge has denied a bid by landowners group to put Illinois' new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling on hold.

The anti-fracking organization Southern Illinoisans against Fracturing our Environment has filed a complaint against the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

A 12-member legislative panel has approved the rules regulating high volume hydraulic fracturing in Illinois.

More than a dozen Wayne County property owners have filed a class action lawsuit over the state's delay in issuing fracking permits.

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking" - is an extraction method of natural gas that has many environmentalists concerned. It also has energy business booming in towns across the nation, and those towns will soon include ones in southern Illinois.


But in states where fracking is already underway, some say public health is at risk and pollution is happening. A recent study in Texas has looked at the liquid byproduct left over from fracking - and how it could be safely handled. Jamey Dunn joins us to talk about her recent column on the topic:

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A legislative panel says it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.

Supporters of high-volume oil and gas extraction said Wednesday that they'll seek dozens of changes in proposed rules to govern the practice in Illinois that appear to violate a hard-won compromise between industry and environmentalists.

One of the biggest critics of hydraulic fracturing in Illinois says it's still concerned about the state's new fracking rules, but some issues were addressed and improved.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has hired just four of 53 new employees it says it needs to oversee a much praised compromise on regulating hydraulic fracturing.

A southern Illinois lawmaker says legislation that would have jump started hydraulic fracturing in Illinois doesn't have enough votes to move forward.

A House committee has approved a plan to speed up hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Illinois.

The four Republican candidates running for Governor all favor the development of high volume hydraulic fracturing in Illinois.

Jeff Williams, WSIU Radio

More than 250 people turned out at the SIU Carbondale Student Center for the final public hearing on new rules for high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Illinois.